Friday, April 10, 2015

Nicol will have chances to win world title on home soil

Nicol has eight world titles to her name, but none of it was on home soil. - filepic
Nicol has eight world titles to her name, but none of it was on home soil. - filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: Nicol David has won a record eight world titles – but none of it was ever on home soil.

Now, she’ll have three chances to do it as Malaysia will host the next three editions of the women’s World Squash Championship from 2015 to 2017.

This year’s event will be held from Dec 11-18 at a venue yet to be decided.

Simon Arnold, managing director of Hallmark Events Group, announced that the World Squash Association (WSA) had awarded the rights to Malaysia to host the next three editions of the Women’s World Squash Championship.

“We’re very pleased to see Malaysia win the bid for this premier event. Malaysia has a very strong tradition in squash and hosting the World Championships for the next three years will continue to build on this legacy.

“Malaysia has real strength in depth in squash. Nicol has been at the very pinnacle of the game for the last 10 years and it’s great to see Low Wee Wern breaking into the world’s top 10.

“The next generation looks to be in good hands following the gold medal success of both the boys and girls in the recent Asian Junior Team Championships (in Bukit Jalil in February),” said Arnold.
The tournament will see a top-class international field of the best 32 players in the world coming together for the largest prize-purse in the sport.

WSA chief executive Tommy Berden said that this would be the first time in the 36-year history of the world championships that the same country would host the meet three years in a row.
“We’re excited to be returning to Malaysia, a country with a successful history in the sport. Malaysia is a very important market for squash in Asia,” said Berden.

Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) president Huang Ying How acknowledged that hosting the world event for the next three years would further boost the game in the country.

Malaysia hosted the 2013 women’s World Championship in Penang in March last year but world No. 1 Nicol was stunned by youngster Nour El Sherbini of Egypt in the semi-finals.

 by Aftar Singh - The Star

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